During the third series of Community Conversations on Growth in 2018, the city shared various proposals to address the need for affordable housing. One key component of this effort was exploring ways to maximize land use to support the creation of additional affordable housing in appropriate locations by amending the development code. The first area the city considered changes to was Accessory Dwelling Units.
What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are a second, smaller dwelling that can be built on a property already occupied by a single-family home. ADUs require design standards that include both specific materials and façade/appearance requirements that are compatible with other homes in the area. ADUs must also be placed on a permanent foundation.
ADUs are not “tiny homes on wheels,” as these mobile dwellings are considered recreational vehicles or campers by the city’s development code. Such tiny homes are prohibited from being classified as ADUs by the city’s development code. Additionally, due to the mobile nature of tiny homes on wheels, they pose additional regulation challenges in terms of building safety, life safety, and relevant area design standards.